This Expert Group Meeting (EGM1 ) was convened with the purpose of examining land indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promoting meaningful and harmonised approaches to monitoring women’s land rights (WLR)2 . It was convened by the Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII) of the GLTN, UN Habitat, and Oxfam with inputs and assistance from Landesa, UN Women and Huairou Commission as part of a process of work on the development of methodologies for the land related SDG indicator monitoring.
The EGM had a diverse attendance with 41 participants (29 women and 12 men); representatives from GLTN Partners, grassroots organisations, National Statistical Offices, multi-lateral organisations and UN agencies. The participants came from over 20 countries in five continents.
The timing of the EGM was of importance as it was organised to take advantage of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development that took place in New York in the days immediately following the EGM. This provided an opportunity for participants at the EGM to attend and take forward women’s land rights recommendations in the HLPF. The HLPF was seen as an important moment and policy influencing space to discuss progress made on land tenure security related indicators (1.4.2, 5.a.1 and 5.a.2) and their progression movements from Tier III to Tier II and later Tier I during the IAEG on Sustainable Development due to take place in October [now postponed to November] 2017.
This report captures proceedings from this meeting including presentations, discussions on various issues related to women’s land rights and the SDG indicators monitoring process. This report further highlights key issues of concern for the effective monitoring of secure tenure rights from a women’s land rights perspectives, provides recommendations to custodian agencies working on these indicators and suggests approaches to enhanced coordination and harmonization of approaches for effective implementation and monitoring.
A summary of key messages from the EGM can be found in the communique from the meeting Annex 2 and a video with observations from the participants in this EGM is available at this link.
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The Global Land Indicators Initiative is a collaborative and inclusive process for the development of the Global Land Indicators started by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), UN-Habitat and the World Bank (WB), facilitated by GLTN. This initiative has now grown to include over 30 institutions around the world ranging from UN Agencies, Inter-governmental Organizations, International Nongovernmental Organizations, Farmer Organizations and the Academia.
The Huairou Commission develops strategic partnerships and linkages among grassroots women’s organizations, advancing their capacity to collectively influence political spaces on behalf of their communities and enhance their sustainable, resilient community development practices.
The Huairou Commission is a global membership and partnership coalition that empowers grassroots women's organizations to enhance their community development practice and to exercise collective political power at the global level.
Landesa partners with governments and local organizations to ensure that the world’s poorest families have secure rights over the land they till. Founded as the Rural Development Institute, Landesa has helped more than 105 million poor families gain legal control over their land since 1967. When families have secure rights to land, they can invest in their land to sustainably increase their harvests and reap the benefits—improved nutrition, health, and education—for generations.
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Our vision is a just world without poverty. We want a world where people are valued and treated equally, enjoy their rights as full citizens, and can influence decisions affecting their lives.
Our purpose is to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. We are part of a global movement for change, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future.
The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools.
Secure land tenure and property rights are fundamental to shelter and livelihoods as well as the realisation of human rights, poverty reduction,economic prosperity and sustainable development.